Robert Wilonsky

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For 396 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 67% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Robert Wilonsky's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 49
Highest review score: 100 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Lowest review score: 0 The Sweetest Thing
Score distribution:
396 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Can barely move during its final half hour, which is a shame, because until then it's a frenetic, engaging ride -- a huge grin, not unlike the one Tom Cruise now hides behind his grownup's braces.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    If only Condon kept up the Q&A format, because when he ditches it the movie turns flat and familiar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It puts us in the shoes of men and women for whom the war is not something distant and intangible but a bloodbath in their own back yard, which makes them the very definition of embedded journalists.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    As giddy and antic as any great Warner Bros. cartoon of the 1930s and '40s -- it bears seeing more than once, if only to allow for the sight gags that play second fiddle to the plot, a rarity in animation -- but also resonant and real. In other words, it's the perfect movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Cinema has done a fine job of documenting the anti-apartheid movement, even if too often the spotlight shone brightest on the white man through whom the black man's story was being told.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Anderson and Sandler were meant for each other, and their romance is, unbelievably, our reward.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    A fun and loving biopic
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The star's the thing, the only thing, and he's brilliant at playing a thinly veiled version of himself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    A remarkable movie, because, like "Crumb" or even "American Splendor," it adores the very people most of us might ignore if they passed us on the street. It's a love letter to someone who desperately needs one, even 10 years after his death.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Gaghan's a filmmaker for the gamer who doesn't need to have the plot follow a neat, linear path. Besides, you don't need to know precisely what's going on; no one else in the film does either. Which is Gaghan's point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    If there's a flaw with the film, it's that Justman doesn't trust his narrators enough; too often he'll stage a re-enactment while someone's talking, as if he's afraid the mere tales themselves won't hold our interest. But they will, as long as there's a kid slapping a bass, a sampler swiping a groove or some middle-aged couple slow dancing to Marvin Gaye or the Miracles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Breezy and easy to swallow. Its maker, Steven Spielberg, hasn't had so much fun in two decades.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    Just as you feel the numbing, clammy clench of paranoia on your neck, you realize, nope, the grip is just the director's attempt at tickling you to death. Demme's movie had no right to work. It does, and then some.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    Engaging and revelatory, turning forgotten footnotes and discarded minutiae into the stuff of riveting drama and poignant laughs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    This Shrek is both funnier and warmer than its predecessor; it's better-looking, too, no longer as clunky and junky as video-game graphics.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    One expects more from writer-director Wes Anderson (and his co-scribbler, Owen Wilson) than such frivolous fun that bears no lingering effect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Robert Wilonsky
    It's the most uplifting movie of a numbing year -- a feel-good film full of songs about feeling god-awful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It's either the world's greatest infomercial for fame (and its omnipresent companion, notoriety) or the saddest eulogy of all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    As frantic and frenzied as its source material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of About a Boy is how substantial it plays -- as a feel-good film with weight, a knowing comedy with dramatic depth.
    • New Times (L.A.)
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    It's but a witty, engaging hodgepodge of archetypes and clichés; it retreads not only the TV show's story lines, but also those of every "Star Trek" and "Gunsmoke" episode. It needed the room of a big screen just to fit all of its influences into a single place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    What the books suggest, the movie reveals and revels in--the songs, in other words, those brilliant, backbreakingly fast anthems.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    It's vibrant and verdant and heartbreakingly inviting, begging you to escape into a lovely tale in which children, through a simple act of faith, find their own heaven on earth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    My Kid Could Paint That's about art—and it IS art, among the best documentaries ever made about that elusive process of manufacturing something out of nothing. But it's also a must-see for every single parent who believes their children are special, when all they want to be is your children.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    Rodriguez clearly assumes Sin City to be his "Pulp Fiction," his rambling portmanteau--a blending of disparate tales to form a complete, overwhelming epic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    That he (Hetfield), and his band, still lives is astonishing enough; that you get to see how and why in a movie so painfully intimate is nothing short of extraordinary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Robert Wilonsky
    It has just enough "comedy" to qualify as crowd-pleaser.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    As enormously entertaining as it is appalling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Robert Wilonsky
    Virgin is astoundingly astute but also wondrously clever, written with more care and joy than any hundred comedies to come out of Hollywood in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Robert Wilonsky
    The filmmaker who once aimed to enchant his audiences with cheerful stories of beatific visitors from outer space now wants only to scare the hell out of us. E.T., as it turns out, is a mass murderer after all, and we are his Reese's Pieces.

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